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The ability to communicate and process language is critical for the healthy development of children. Ages birth to nine years is a particularly important time for a child to acquire language so that they may then learn to process information, problem solve and express themselves. We work with children and their caregivers to assess, diagnose and treat language disorders in a personalized approach that considers and embraces what makes each child unique
Before we can help, we need to understand more about your child's language and hearing. Our staff of experienced speech/language pathologists and a certified pediatric audiologist utilize creative play and state-of-the-art technology to chart each child's course to speech and language learning.
We offer comprehensive hearing and communication evaluations that will tell us the best way to approach your child’s treatment. If, for any reason, we are unable to provide you with all the services that might be required for optimal treatment, we will consult with allied professionals and make referrals when necessary.
Once the child is evaluated, the therapist will determine the recommended level of service. If your child requires ongoing therapy, the SLP will work with you to set goals and a treatment schedule. Services typically include two, one-hour (45–60-minute) sessions per week during which parents are encouraged to observe and participate in their child's therapy. Services typically run for one year, after which the therapist will determine if further therapy is recommended.
Our staff schedules off-site visits, such as at your home or in the community, with you and your child to help with questions or concerns and provide additional tools of support. Off-site visits typically occur quarterly and only if recommended.
Parent and caregiver participation is critical to the success of a child’s communication disorder treatment. At the Masonic Children’s Clinic, we offer the support and tools that parents and caregivers need to continue working with their child on developing skills. Treatment sessions always include parent engagement. Beyond that, we provide classes and workshops to enhance the caregiver’s ability to work independently with their child.
Our Autism Parent Workshops are free and open to anyone in the community: parents, professionals, students or others who work with or care for those with autism. Workshops are led by a certified speech language pathologist, educational specialist, and may feature guest speakers. Various topics are covered and may include communication, behavior and emotional regulation. Current research in areas including biomedical aspects, sensory strategies and neurobehavioral interventions may also be discussed.
Sessions are held on Tuesdays from 6–7 p.m. at our clinic. Workshops are free and childcare is available on a limited basis. Registration is required.
Our clinic offers PLAY Autism Intervention, an evidence-based, parent-mediated model that focuses on play and relationships to support the social and emotional growth of children with autism. “The Play Project” helps young children improve their language, development, behavior, social skills and autism severity.
Our Certified PLAY Project Consultant is long-time clinic speech/language pathologist, Tamara Pogin, the only person in the State of Minnesota certified by the PLAY Project organization. Utilizing the Project model, Tamara partners with parents, coaching and empowering them to identify their children’s unique strength and needs and effectively respond to their behavior.Contact Us for Information
The PACC program is a six-week program that empowers parents and caregivers by offering strategies and knowledge they can use in everyday situations to increase their child's communication abilities. Based on research, the program includes a parent education portion along with hands-on activities to do with your child. Light dinner and childcare are provided. Please give us a call to get started!Contact Us for Information
Stage Play acting classes are an opportunity for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to learn about theatre. Children participate in acting exercises that work on social skills, using nonverbal information and theatre vocabulary. The program is funded by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in collaboration with the Minnesota Masonic Children’s Clinic for Communication Disorders and the Duluth Playhouse Children’s Theatre. Classes for children ages 5 to 9 years are offered in four 10-week sessions each year and are offered at no cost to families.Get Information